75,000 Islanders have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a staggering 62% of the Island’s 16+ population.
Data released by NHS England shows that every 75 to 79-year-old on the Isle of Wight has had their first COVID vaccine (8,434 people), whilst 77.2% (8,258) of those 55-59 have received theirs – the highest level across the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability Transformation Partnership.
Approximately 95% of those aged 70 to 74 (10,773 people) and 97.8% (10,340 people) of the 80+ Island population have had the first dose.
Across the Island’s age groups, 17,525 under 55s, 9,331 60-64s and 9,607 65-69s have been given their first dose so far.
The week’s data (7th-14th March), recorded by the National Immunisation Management Service database, shows 7,825 doses were given. Altogether, 78,121 first and second doses of the vaccines have been given out – 74,268 first doses and 3,853 second doses.
The rollout of the second vaccine is starting to pick up, with 1,813 doses given out in the week ending 14th March.
In the coming weeks, there could be issues in the supply chain of COVID vaccines as NHS guidance has warned of a ‘major contraction’, ‘significantly constraining’ the volume of first doses. However, those due second doses will still get their jab as planned.
Oxford AstraZeneca and Pfizer both deny that there will be a shortage in supply, raising questions to why the Government have made such claims.